Barbecue Lentil Mushroom Burgers – Crazy Ingredient Challenge

If you are looking for a tasty meatless meal I have a quick and flavorful idea for you: Barbecue Lentil Mushroom Burgers.

Barbecue Lentil Mushroom Burgers - vegan burgers made with lentils and mushrooms topped with a simple homemade barbecue sauce.

Today is the 20th of the month so it’s time for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. A group of bloggers pick two ingredients not normally paired together and create a dish with them. The ingredient winners this month were: lentils and molasses. I am excited to see what the others came up with. Be sure to scroll below my recipe to see what the rest of the group made and for more information for any bloggers out there that might want to join us.

I am not sure why I struggled with a good combination for these two. Finally the idea of a veggie burger hit me because I am always looking for a new meatless meal this time of year. And these come together in about 30 minutes making it great for a weeknight.

I am going to be honest with you, no one is going to be fooled into thinking this is a ground beef burger. Please don’t even try. Your kids will know you are lying and not trust you again. But make no mistake about it, just because it doesn’t taste like beef doesn’t mean they aren’t scrumptious! The mushrooms add a bit of a crunch so it isn’t a mush patty like some meatless burgers. And the simple barbecue sauce bursts with flavor.


Barbecue Lentil Mushroom Burgers

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Meatless Main Dishes, Rice and Grains
Occasion Summer
Barbecue Lentil Mushroom Burgers - vegan burgers made with lentils and mushrooms topped with a simple homemade barbecue sauce.


  • 4 hamburger buns (gluten free if desired)


  • 8oz low sodium tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium seasoning "salt" (I use Pappy's choice)


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms (diced)
  • 1/4 cup onions (diced)
  • 1 Large egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium seasoning "salt" (I use Pappy's Choice)


To make eggless, substitute 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons water for about 5 minutes until gel forms.


In a small sauce pan combine all sauce ingredients and simmer over low heat.
In a medium pot cook lentils in water per package directions until very soft, 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool
While lentils cook, saute mushrooms and onions in olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Combine all burger ingredients and form into 4 patties. Cook on a oiled cast iron griddle/pan for about 5 minutes aside.
Serve burger on buns with barbecue sauce and additional burger toppings.


Until next time, happy eating!

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  1. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

    Great recipe. Good job with this month’s ingredients.

    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Wendy. This one was tough for me for some reason, but I like the results.

  2. Lori Hart

    Love this burger idea since it has everything I love. Great use of the ingredients this month

    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Lori!

  3. Helen Fern

    These burgers look really good! Would love you to come share on the “What’s for Dinner” linky!


    1. Audrey

      Thanks for stopping by Helen. I will come check out your link up.

  4. Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade

    I’ve made black bean burgers, why not lentils. I’d have to leave out the mushrooms, allergies.

    1. Audrey

      Too bad! The mushrooms give it a great texture.

  5. Corinne

    I’m always looking for meatless dishes that my whole family will enjoy since my daughter is a vegetarian and the dinner table often feels like a battlefield. I think this one is going to be a hit!

    1. Audrey

      I know what you mean about trying to please a family. There are only 3 of us and it can still be a challenge.

  6. Dee

    We love black bean burgers, so I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! 🙂

    1. Audrey

      Thanks for commenting, Dee. They were yummy.

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